OK. So we’ll admit it. Vancouver does get some rain now and again. There is a measurable amount of rain 166 days a year, on average. But look on the sunny side. That means there are 199 days a year, on average, without a measurable amount of rain.
And if you keep in mind that it rains a lot more from November to April than it does from April to October, so if you’re traveling in Spring and Summer and Fall, you’ve got a good chance of rain free weather.
However, if you should be in Vancouver on a rainy day, here are some wonderful things to do to in Vancouver on a rainy day.
1. Go Swimming: Vancouver has nine indoor swimming pools. The most convenient downtown pool is the Vancouver Aquatic Centre located at 1050 Beach Street. The Aquatic Centre is open from 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM daily. You may want to call them for specific activities at specific times: 604-665-3424.
What makes the Aquatic Centre special, besides its beautiful pools, are its diving boards and diving towers. You may not want to dive off the 10 meter tower; however, it’s fun to watch as others try their skill and luck. The Vancouver Aquatic Centre also has a sauna, whirlpool and a fitness centre.
The completely refurbished Robert Lee YMCA at 955 Burrard Street has an indoor swimming pool, squash and racquet ball courts, aerobics studios, rooftop playground, volleyball, basketball and badminton courts.
2. Visit the Museum of Anthropology: The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations. As well as being a major tourist destination, MOA is also a research and teaching museum, where UBC courses in art, anthropology, archaeology, conservation, and museum studies are given. MOA houses 38,000 ethnographic objects, as well as 535,000 archaeological objects in its building alone.
3. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium: Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium covers approximately 9,000 square metres (97,000 sq ft) and has a total 9,500,000 litres (2,100,000 imp gal; 2,500,000 US gal) of water in 166 aquatic displays. The Vancouver Aquarium currently houses around 300 species of fish, almost 30,000 invertebrates, and 56 species of amphibians and reptiles. They also have around 60 mammals and birds.
It’s more than 140 stores include Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen Men’s Wear, The Gap, Banana Republic, Ermenegildo Zegna, Esprit, and La Jolie Madame Lingerie. It attracts more than 400,000 visitors weekly. Parking is located directly under the Centre. Metropolis Metrotown is located in Burnaby. This Mega-Mall is easily accessible by SkyTrain. Just hop on the SkyTrain and get off at the Metrotown Station where you’ll find three adjoining malls: Station Square, Metrotown Centre, and Eaton Square.
Together they comprise over 500 shops, two food fairs, several restaurants, two giant grocery stores, two cinema complexes with 22 theatres and a hotel. You can catch the SkyTrain right next to Pacific Centre. 604-438-2444
5. Visit a downtown Recreation Centre: There are 24 Community Centres, many with gyms and other fitness facilities, nine indoor pools, and five outdoor pools to choose from.
6. Take a hike in the woods on the North Shore. The North Shore consists of North and West Vancouver, and is a short drive across the Lions Gate Bridge. There are several hikes to choose from from easy Lighhouse Park to challenging Eagle Bluffs.
7. Visit Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park: The Conservatory is open daily, rain or shine. The triodetic dome is filled with exotic plants, tropical flowers, colourful Koi fish and over 100 free-flying birds of various species. Tropical plants include palms,bromeliads and the many other exotic plants from around the world.
8. Visit the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is an astronomy museum located at Vanier Park. Inside the building, there are live demonstrations on science in the GroundStation Canada Theatre, exhibits and games in the Cosmic Courtyard, and shows about astronomy in the Planetarium Star Theatre. Next to the building is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory. This centre of astronomy is a popular attraction in Vancouver.
9. Take the Skytrain to Science World: Science World is most suitable for kids. It is an interactive environment with various activities. Afterward, you can take the False Creek ferry to Granville Island.
10. Go to the Vancouver Public Library: The libraries in Vancouver are well regarded and well used, and some of them have coffee bars to round out the experience.